Cricket great Monty Panesar ‘ready to serve’ as pressure mounts on Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson may have survived a vote of confidence over his leadership of the Tories this week, but will he survive the challenge of cricket legend Monty Panesar?

The former England spinner has amusingly thrown his hat in the ring to become the next Prime Minister, as pressure continues to mount on Johnson. Despite now being immune from another leadership vote for a year, his winning result of 211 votes to 148 was considered anything but emphatic.

It follows 'Bojo' being fined by police after it emerged he and other Tory MP's broke lockdown rules following the "Partygate" inquiry. But whilst he's staved off calls to resign, it remains to be seen if he can withstand the declaration of a man with 167 Test match wickets.

Former spinner Panesar reacted to a post from the England's Barmy Army account, who uploaded an image of the Sikh star with the line: "The only MP I trust." In fact, the 40-year-old already knew his own odds on leading the country.

"I am currently 1000-1 to become the next Prime Minister, I am ready to serve," he replied. And it seems cricket fans approve of his new career choice.

"They’ll always need spin doctors," wrote @elltells79. "You were 500-1 yesterday, what has happened?" asked @Bearcat1232, while @aran_khalas posted: "We're with you Monty."

Would Monty's spin serve him well in No 10? Let us know in the comments section.

Indeed, Panesar wouldn't be the first cricketer to delve into politics after putting away his whites. The legendary Imran Khan, who captained Pakistan to the World Cup in 1992, became his country's Prime Minister in August 2018 before being ousted in April this year.

The popular Panesar played 50 Test matches for England, as well as 26 ODI's. Whilst his bowling often came to the fore, in the early stages of his career he was ridiculed for his poor batting and fielding.

However, one of his most memorable moments came as a tail-ender, famously holding out with Jimmy Anderson for a draw in the opening 2009 Ashes test in Cardiff. It proved critical, with Andrew Strauss's team going on to claim the urn by winning the series 2-1.

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